E-mail letters, June 28 2011

Leaders display good sense
on natural gas legislation

I have been following the actions of the Environmental Protection Agency and its attempts to curb our emissions. But it’s not just the EPA that is working to do its part.

I recently saw an advertisement in The Daily Sentinel discussing the fact that Gov. John Hickenlooper and our local state representatives, Laura Bradford, Steve King, and Ray Scott worked together to pass legislation that will result in more natural-gas generated electricity. It’s commonsense, and it is nice to see.

With so many jobs in the energy sector in this part of the world, and the EPA trying to seize control of key
energy decisions because of air quality concerns, it just makes sense to use more natural gas in our electricity mix.

Good for Reps. Bradford and Scott, Sen. King and Gov. Hickenlooper. It is nice to see our political leaders working together and using common sense.
Becky Raney
Grand Junction

Israel is right to halt
the Gaza Flotilla

I hear Israel plans to stop the Gaza Flotilla. Hooray for Israel! I hope they do stop these anti-American-and anti-Israel idiots. And I agree with one person I’ve heard -wouldn’t mind if they made swimmers out of them all.

These neo-Nazis Are spouting the same propaganda used by Hitler and no doubt hope to finish the job he began, as do many Palestinians.

Where is the independent confirmation of Palestinian children being shot in the head by Israelis? Where is the independent confirmation of Israel preventing Palestinian women from receiving healthcare? I’ve seen
no valid reason to believe this propaganda.
Robert Burkholder

City wasting money, space
with police locker room

I am at a loss.  The new police building which will ultimately cost city taxpayers over 60 million dollars is confusing.  Funded by the past 2010 City Council without voter approval this facility is being built basically because the old building was too small and for future expansion.  Problem is looking at the plans there isn’t that much of a gain in space for the next 25 years and again for some reason there is a large and unnecessary locker and work out area for the cops that chews up about 20 percent of the building. 

This locker/gym mess was a big issue in the voter failed first 100 million dollar facility.  Our cops come to work in their uniforms and go home in them; we do not need a locker/gym facility—or if we have one it should be limited to a much smaller space.

This is different from fire fighters who must pass a yearly official certification test and to keep in shape for the kind of emergencies they must handle.  Each firehouse has its own work out area and since they live there during their 24-hour duty time a shower and locker area is of course reasonable — but not for the police.

Again the city is wasting space and in this case space really is money.
Jim Shults
Grand Junction


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